Tintern Philosophy Circle

Monthly meetings, open to all, on a variety of philosophical issues. Anything goes.

The Tintern Philosophy Circle meets in the Rose & Crown Pub, situated at the centre of Tintern on the A466 main road, at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month, except August when we hold a garden party with talks on a special theme.


Next meeting
Tuesday 20th February 7.30pm
The Theatre of the Mind, speaker Dr Vanessa Dodd

Despite the burgeoning interest in consciousness studies across several disciplines, the overall picture, dominated by scientifically orientated approaches, is largely sceptical as to whether we can really know what another human consciousness is like, whether subjective, private experience can be captured objectively, and whether one person’s conscious experience can make itself known to another. In her talk Vanessa will build on the theatre-as-mind analogy (originally suggested by David Hume), as well as on insights from psychological introspection, to raise questions about whether and how we can have access to the minds of other persons.
Vanessa was formerly Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Creative Writing and Applied Drama at the University of South Wales where she drew on long professional involvement with the theatre, and a parallel interest in psychology and the philosophy of mind. She trained in acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, and in theatre directing at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She has a first class BA Hons. degree in English and History, an MA in playwriting, and a recently awarded PhD on the subject of this talk.

Events are open to anyone interested in philosophy, and no prior knowledge of philosophy is needed. We hold to no creed other than belief in the value of tolerant, friendly discussion about things that matter.

The Circle is run by Professor John Clarke with Vanessa Dodd and Maria Taylor. Monthly events are introduced by members of the circle, or by a guest speaker.

Past topics have included: philosophy of art and music, justice and human rights, existentialism and freedom, philosophy and religion, Buddhism and Eastern philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, postmodern philosophy, the nature of mind, eco-philosophy, science and truth.


Our patron is Bertrand Russell (permission pending) who was born a couple of miles from Tintern, and who concluded his famous book The Problems of Philosophy, first published a hundred years ago, with the following words:
Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination, and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because. through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.

Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month (except August), starting at 7.30, at the Rose & Crown, Tintern, NP16 6SE, Tel: 01291 689254. Evening meals are served here.
John Clarke
01291 680139